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Thursday, March 21, 2013 Vol. 138, Issue 12

Sheriff ’s probe will go to Travis County grand jury By April Walker

Information connected to an investigation of the Freestone County Sheriff’s Department training program will be presented to a Travis County grand jury. Kim Vickers, director of TCLEOSE, the investigating state agency, confirmed the probe will be presented to the grand jury in an email March 14.

“Nothing else has been settled to my knowledge,� said Vickers. Sheriff Don Anderson says he had no knowledge of the case going to the grand jury. “You know more than I do at this time.� The sheriff said that he knows of no one from his department who has been subpoenaed to testify. An investigation into the sheriff’s office has Fairfield resident Joe Bond was presented with a plaque by FIDC president Dave been under way since late 2012 on the trainZuber, with Mayor Roy Hill looking on, at the March 12 council meeting. Zuber ing program, Vickers has said. thanked Bond for his seven years of service to Fairfield. April Walker photo

Mayor: Ladder truck lifesaver in fighting apartment unit fire By April Walker

Fairfield Fire Department’s ladder truck saved lives at the Eastridge Apartment complex fire March 11, Mayor Roy Hill noted at city council’s meeting the next day. “It actually saved lives that day. We’re very fortunate no one was injured,� said Hill, who recalled how council members and residents earlier asked how the ladder truck would be used when it was purchased. At the March 11 fire, the These Spring-Breakers find some fun climbing on playground equipment at city park. From the top, left to right,are Brooke Juden, Grace Hanks, Taylor Juden and Lauren Juden. The girl below is not identified. Photo by MaLinda Reddell



The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual Easter Eggstravaganza March 30 on the courthouse square. See Page 3

Recorder Easter coloring contest

See the Recorder’s Easter Coloring Contest, cosponsored by the chamber and area businesses, on Page 3

Bridal section

See our special bridal section with special stories and advertisements inside today.

Fairfield Weather

Market Days to feature array of vendors, bands From Staff Reports Fairfield Market Days will open its first season from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and Sunday March 24 at the W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds, 839 E. Commerce Street. Vendors will provide a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, tools, jewelry, collectibles, fresh produce and much more! The Cowboy Heritage Church Band will play Saturday afternoon. The eight-member band has played together for three years. On Sunday afternoon, Tin

ladder truck was critical as firefighters arrived and found the top apartment engulfed in flames. “I wanted to thank everyone personally for the good work they did during Monday’s fire,� Hill said to start the council meeting. In other action, the mayor also announced plans to appoint a committee concerning town signage for alcoholic beverages. Hill plans to appoint committee members in May. “We’re not gonna turn

Fairfield, Texas into a neonsigned village just because we’re now selling alcohol,� he explained. “The people I appoint will be neutral on the subject of alcohol and do what’s right and fair.� Council accepted the $64,995 bid from Layne Christensen Company to repair the city’s Watson Well that was shut down after a November 2012 inspection and the city went out for bids to repair it. Public Works Director See COUNCIL, Page 11

Dance special for teenager By April Walker

Eighteen-year old Lizzie Grissam, along with friends and family, danced the night away at an event designed exclusively for her Saturday, March 16. She was escorted for the evening by Marine Top Road Bluegrass Band Zack Daggs, of Waco. Kim Johnson of Fairfield was the driving will play gospel and blueforce in making Grissam’s dance a reality after grass. he saw her story on the Channel 10 news. The band has been Grissam, who has battled cancer since the together for four years and age of nine, is a homebound student at Teague played at festivals and ISD. churches all over Texas. She finished her coursework in October and For children, there will the school denied her the right to attend their plenty of activities such as a winter formal, citing that she was no longer a bounce house, face painting student. and other special activities at School officials refused to let her attend, even after the Texas Education Agency (TEA) said this free admission event. they had no problem with her attending school Door prizes will be functions. awarded throughout the And Johnson went to work. day’s events. Grissam wore a red satin gown was donated “Fairfield Market Days by Vanessa’s Boutique in Waco. will give visitors one more “They said if they didn’t have it, they’d make reason to come to this area. it,� said Grissam. She said she was very excitWe encourage them to enjoy ed about the party in earlier conversations. the historic courthouse “God put it on, not me,� said Johnson in his square, shops, galleries, speech during the dance. “He sent me all these See MARKET, Page 11 people and the ability to be able to do this.�

Lizzie Grissam, holding her niece Eva, and her mother Sharon Whittington (standing) were all smiles at Lizzie’s dance Saturday, March 16. April Walker photo

Walker reconnecting with America By April Walker

Craig Jolly is walking across America with nothing but a cart packed with supplies. He camps in state parks, forests, churches and farmland. April Walker photo “I just needed to reconnect

myself with blue skies and sunshine,� says Jolly. Originally from Asheville, NC, he taught high school for seven years and grew up on a dairy farm. He began his trek at Mt. Mitchell, the highest point on the east coast. Fairfield is roughly his

halfway point. Jolly is headed for Mt. Whitney, part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the highest point on the west coast. “This is a beautiful town you guys have here. The grocery store is one of the nicest I’ve seen since Texarkana,� he says.

Agony and no ecstasy of spending too much time on I-35 By Mike Reddell

My youngest son is a musician who lives in Los Angeles – not exactly in your casual go-to-visit range.So, when his band played at Austin’s annual South by Southwest festival last week, I knew it would be the rare chance to see him. Figuring on the 2 1/2hour drive from here to Austin, I gave myself ample time Friday to catch Ben in

his 1 p.m. gig on South Lamar. While I expected Austin’s traffic to be bad – when is it not – I grossly underestimated the huge, Spring Break crowds. I got to north Austin on I-35 straight up noon. By 12:45 p.m., I roughly parallel to the UT campus, crawling along the Interstate in a slow-moving, massive park-

ing lot that stretched as far as the eye could see. Patience-challenged as I am, I also wondered at my fellow parking lot drivers that day. How many of them go through this kind of punishment daily? The answer must be hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people. There were a few maniacal drivers that tried weaving through the four-lanes of traffic whenever there was forward movement. That

requires enormous hutzpah and an incredible trust in human nature to pry in front of someone. Anyway, driven by my own desperation, I peeled off the interstate in a crosscity path to north-south Lamar. Yea, that worked. Leaving Austin later, I tried the toll road west of Austin that tied back into I35 near Georgetown. Thinking how I willingly paid to miss the interstate torture, I drove several miles

until I hit another traffic chokehold that stretched from Belton almost to Waco. Considering the nature of the I-35 corridor, particularly from DFW to San Antonio, and Texas’ growing population, it’s hard to imagine when that highway congestion will ever improve – no matter how many lanes or elevated sections they build. Progress always has its costs. See REDDELL, Page 2

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